Where to Find Great FREE Stock Photos, Fonts & Design Resources12 MAY
Whether you’re building a website, preparing a presentation, writing a blog, or making your own event invites - having the right resources makes all the difference. But finding quality, licensed fonts, photographs and graphics can prove expensive. If you’re working on a personal project, likelihood is you just don’t have the budget available.
Because we are such a helpful bunch, we have sourced some of the best free design resources from around the web - so you don’t have to!
Obligatory disclaimer: We’ve done our best to make sure these recommendations are trustworthy. However, you download stuff off the internet at your own risk. Always make sure your Antivirus protection is active and up to date, and always practise common sense.
Little will give your design work more of an instant 'professional touch' like great photography. It’s not all women laughing at salad; there’s a lot of gorgeous stock photography out there nowadays.
Here are a few websites providing photos, free for public use...
Splitshire is the website of photographer Daniel Nanescu. Nanescu has uploaded hundreds of his own high resolution, original pictures (and several videos) for free download.
Splitshire has a wide selection of imagery across a range of categories. Highlights include some beautiful nature shots and plenty of good (read: not cheesy!) portrait shots.
All images are copyright free for personal and commercial purposes. On top of the great selection of free photography there is also an option to pay to access even more.
Picjumbo is run by photographer/web designer Victor Hanacek. It features a variety of beautiful imagery, free for public and commercial use (the food photography is particularly strong).
There are some Terms & Conditions you’ll need to double check, as there are a few restrictions depending on your intended use.
Sourced from contributors around the web, Unsplash upload 10 new photos every 10 days.
This ever-growing collection of photography is licensed under Creative Commons Zero. This allows you to copy, modify, distribute and use any image for free (including for commercial purposes).
Unsplash features some lovely photos, offering more artistic alternatives to your standard stock fare.
My 6 year old niece told me about this one as she uses it at school! Pixabay is a fantastic resource for high quality photography, vector artwork and video.
To download at high reslution you will need to create an account, but all content is free for personal and commercial use (no attribution required). The archive is broad and varied, and in trus stock photo style there are a couple of really weird pictures on there alongside the lovely stuff.
Good news! There are also plenty of diverse and attractive fonts available, free of charge. So there is absolutely no excuse to ever use Papyrus again (you in the back, I’m looking at you! Yes, you.)
Many places claim to let you download ‘free fonts’, but you risk downloading a whole bunch of spyware on the side. Dafont is widely considered a trustworthy source, providing hundreds of unique fonts, direct from designers.
Not all fonts on dafont are free, and many are only free under certain limitations. Make sure to check the individual Terms & Conditions for each font you wish you download.
Font Squirrel is another reputable directory, offering hundreds of free fonts.
Whilst the majority of fonts are ‘100% free for commercial use’ some limitations do apply in individual cases. Check the Ts & Cs, yadda, yadda, yadda.
If gorgeous, free fonts and pictures weren’t enough, here are a couple more useful sites…
Does what it says on the tin, really. Need vector maps? For free? Here’s your place.
Print & web design templates: Pixeden
Can’t say we’ve used this one ourselves, but Pixeden seems to have quite a good reputation. On their site you’ll find a range of free resources - ranging from iPhone app templates, to business card mock ups - all ready for you to populate with your own designs.
Inspiration: Design Seeds
Design Seeds is a beautiful little site displaying colour palettes and mood boards organised by topic (e.g. 'Spring' or 'Rustic').
This site is a great place to visit if you need a little help getting the creative juices flowing (or if you’re working out what colours to paint your living room)
So, now you're armed with some fantastic tools, you’re ready to get out there and create something gorgeous. While you're here, why not check out some of our other blogs to help you with your project:
- 5 Tips for Better Presentations
- Great Free Blogging Tools (and how to use them)
- Don't Let Your Copy Ruin Your Website: Our copywriting guide
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